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Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Chris Klein, Chris Marquette Director: Roger Kumble Rating: Features: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC Running Time: 96 minutes Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Release Date: March 7, 2006 Theatrical Release Date: November 23, 2005 Studio: New Line Home Video
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Back in high school, Chris Reynolds was an overweight nerd and in love with his best friend Jamie Smart, but she only thought of him like a brother. Ten years later, Chris is now a hot L.A. music exec and finds himself himself back in his hometown and in love with Jamie all over again. But can they really be more than Just Friends?
DVD Features: Alternate endings Audio Commentary Deleted Scenes Featurette Gag Reel Music Video Theatrical Trailer
Manic energy and an agreeable level of comic insanity turn Just Friends into the kind of brainless comedy you can enjoy as a modest guilty pleasure. If you liked director Roger Kumble's previous comedy The Sweetest Thing and let's face it, that movie had some really funny moments, chances are you'll get at least a few solid belly-laughs from this not-so-high-concept premise, in which a formerly fat high-schooler named Chris Ryan Reynolds is transformed, ten years later, into a womanizing music executive with a high-profile client Anna Faris in the Britney Spears/Christina Aguilera mold. As it zips along with some broad-stroked slapstick and snappy one-liners, the screenplay by Adam Tex Davis contrives to reunite Chris with Jamie Amy Smart, the former cheerleader who was the great, unrequited love of Chris' miserable high-school life. By his narcissistic logic, he'll seduce her by treating her badly i.e. she'll want what she thinks she can't have, but he gets unexpected competition in the form of a "Mr. Sensitive" type Chris Klein, from American Pie, and it's pretty much Hollywood formula from there on, as Just Friends loses momentum without losing its basic appeal. And while Reynolds invests his character with an unexpected degree of emotional nuance, Faris Scary Movie 3 pulls out all the stops, going deliriously over-the-top to maintain her reputation as a rising comedy starlet with a hopefully promising future. We're not talking rocket science here, folks... just sit back, take off your thinking cap, and have some fun. --Jeff Shannon